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Honor Wilson-Fletcher, CEO of the British Exploring Society, on inequality of access to the great outdoors and transforming lives

The CEO of the British Exploring Society, Honor Wilson-Fletcher, on inequality of access to the great outdoors and transforming lives.


Significant parts of the population do not feel welcomed, and don’t have access nor experience of what it’s like to be in the outdoors.


The British Exploring Society is a youth development charity that’s been around almost 100 years, founded on the belief that challenging experiences can transform lives, empowering and equipping young people with the courage, skills, resilience and determination to make the most of their future.


About Honor Wilson-Fletcher


Honor joined British Exploring Society as CEO in 2016. Previously she was CEO for 6 years at charity the Aldridge Foundation where she helped establish 12 state schools in some of the most deprived parts of England. This is when she had her first opportunity to take part in and see the positive impact of challenging overseas adventures with young people.


She started two businesses in her twenties - one at college. She had a happy career in bookselling and publishing working at organisations including Penguin Books, Waterstone’s and with BOL.com before jumping the fence to work as a Director at the British Museum, Southbank Centre and the National Literacy Trust. She has served as a charitable trustee since her twenties with organisations including Booktrust, the Edinburgh Book Fair, Enabling Enterprise, the Association for Character Education and social business Catch-22 and is a special advisor to CIC Skills Builder.

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